UK & World News
PM Hopeful Tony Abbott's 'Suppository' Gaffe
Australia's opposition leader is facing ridicule for making the latest gaffe in the country's general election campaign, saying that no one is the "suppository of all wisdom".
Tony Abbott's blunder sparked laughter during his speech to members of his Liberal Party.
He had meant to say "repository", meaning a store, not the medicine that is inserted and then dissolves inside the body.
It comes after another Australian political candidate - Stephanie Banister of the One Nation party - stepped down over a bungled interview in which she wrongly called Islam "a country" and said Jews follow Jesus Christ.
Mr Abbott appeared unperturbed by the response to his remark and continued to speak earnestly in to the audience in Melbourne.
A former Oxford University Rhodes Scholar, British-born Mr Abbott has been criticised in the past for his colourful use of language.
As a result, he has had to battle a public perception that he is not prime minister material.
He made the gaffe while attacking Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's reputation for making decisions without consulting colleagues, saying: "No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom."
Laurie Oakes, Nine Network television's political editor, said Mr Abbott had "made possibly the most entertaining gaffe of the campaign so far".
Mr Abbott's Liberal Party-led coalition is tipped win the election on September 7 after six years in opposition.
Mr Rudd has endured his share of embarrassment in the past - including an expletive-laden tirade about a Chinese interpreter which was caught on camera and went viral.